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Travel to a Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away with Star Wars #50

After building their forces in complete secrecy, the Rebel Fleet is finally ready. But how long will they be able to stay hidden from the dark clutches of the Empire – and Darth Vader himself? Star Wars fans won’t want to miss series writer Kieron Gillen’s epic landmark issue where all may be lost…and all hope may die!

Since the comic’s launch in 2015, fans have followed the legendary journey of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and more fan-favorite characters as the Rebellion pushed forward in their fight against the Galactic Empire. After taking over as the series writer in fall 2017, Gillen’s masterful storytelling is reaching new heights in this monumental next chapter. Packed with pages of action and intrigue, behold the beginning of the boldest high-stakes Star Wars story ever told – in stores this July!

Star Wars #50 is written by Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca and a cover by Mike Mayhew. It comes to shelves July 4, 2018.

Venom 30th Anniversary Variants in March

In preparation for Venom’s 30th anniversary, get ready for 20 key moments showcasing the symbiote’s epic history. These anniversary covers will feature art by some of the industry’s top creators and rising stars, including Mark Bagley, Mike Perkins, Francesco Francavilla, Ron Lim, Inhyuk Lee and more!

  1. All-New Wolverine #33 by Dustin Weaver
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #798 by Terry and Rachel Dodson
  3. Avengers #687 by Jamal Campbell
  4. Black Panther #172 by Greg Horn
  5. Captain America #700 by Mark Bagley
  6. Daredevil #601 by Ramon Perez
  7. Doctor Strange #388 by Chris Stevens
  8. Infinity Countdown #2 by Ron Lim
  9. Invincible Iron Man #599 by Akcho
  10. Marvel Two-In-One #5 by Dave Johnson
  11. The Mighty Thor #706 by Mark Bagley
  12. New Mutants #2 by Bengal
  13. Old Man Logan #38 by Greg Smallwood
  14. Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #303 by Rob Liefeld
  15. Thanos #18 by Mike Perkins
  16. Venom #164 by John Tyler Christopher
  17. Weapon H #2 by Mike Mayhew
  18. X-Men: Blue #25 by Francesco Francavilla
  19. X-Men: Gold #25 by Todd Nauck
  20. X-Men: Red #3 by Inhyuk Lee

The first wave of Venom Variant Covers will hit comic shops on March 7th. Don’t miss your chance to collect all 20 variants, coming to comic shops this February!

Preview: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait #1

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait #1

(W) Ben Acker, Ben Blacker (A) Mike Mayhew (CA) Marco Checchetto
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 27, 2017
SRP: $4.99

This December, the soon-to-be thrilling Star Wars: The Last Jedi rocks movie screens across the world…and the reverberations are felt all around a galaxy far, far away! First up, learn the secret of the mineral planet Crait! Long before it became a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa led the Rebellion there in search of a new home! From writers Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (Star Wars Join the Resistance) and artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire) comes the backstory to this winter’s biggest adventure!

Preview: Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #4

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Stéphane Roux
Movie Poster Cover: Mike Mayhew
Action Figure Cover: Michael Adams and Marco D’Alfonso
Connecting Cover: Will Robson
Incentive Cover: Terry Dodson
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Jack and Lo Pan follow Pete into the lair of the Demon of Vengeance, only to face a stunning betrayal!

Review: X-Men: Gold #13

Mojo, the demented creature obsessed with melding deadly television shows with reality, has made Earth his focus and it’s going to take the combined might of two X-Men teams to fight back! But when threats from their past are thrown at them, how will these teams react? With Sentinels and Brood and Bad Memories attacking at every opportunity, will Kitty and Jean and their teams be able to save Manhattan? Or is this the trick that finally boosts Mojo’s ratings?

With numerous winks and nods, X-Men: Gold #13 launches in a way that’s fun but at the same time had me stopping to ask “huh?” and I’m not sure that’s a good thing. The Gold and Blue teams are together and getting along doing what the X-Men do best when they relax, play some baseball. But, things can never be calm and fun for the X-Men, Mojo’s plan is underway and it’s all about ratings (where’s the Donald Trump analogy!?).

The good here is it’s great to see the X-Men focused on some classic stuff in this issue where they face bad guys from their past, but we’ve generally seen that for the previous twelve issues where characters like the X-Cutioner have been brought out. So, out of all of Marvel’s comics, their X line is the one that generally doesn’t need a Marvel Legacy focus. But, somehow with this Legacy, things get more confusing, especially if you haven’t read the comics leading up to this. I missed X-Men Blue #12 and suddenly Bloodstorm is an X-Man!? What? I have no idea how someone diving into this will think. There’s a lot packed in. You have Old Man Logan Wolverine and his son from another dimension, Bloodstorm, Rachel Grey, there’s just a lot here and none of it is explained too well. Generally, this is an issue where readers are thrown into the deep end. Good? Bad? It’s hard to say exactly.

The art by Mike Mayhew doesn’t help as a lot of the characters look too similar. Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Jean Grey, they’re all drawn too similarly and things get a bit confusing as to who is who. Their costumes are the tip off to figure that out. That art issue extends to the primer pages written by Robbie Thompson that condenses the history of the X-Men. Mark Bagley‘s art is at times atrocious and feels like it’s phoned in. Look at that final line-up on the final page and tell me things aren’t off. It’s just… bad.

The issue isn’t bad but there’s just too much to make things go smoothly. Writer Marc Guggenheim does what he can with everything and it might have been better to keep things more focused on each team for this storyline to come next. A rough start that plays a lot with nostalgia.

Story: Marc Guggenheim, Robbie Thompson Art: Mike Mayhew, Mark Bagley
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Spider-Man: Daily Bugle

It’s Wednesday which means comics are hitting comic stores all across the world. This week from Marvel is a trade dedicated to the Daily Bugle!

Spider-Man: Daily Bugle collects Daily Bugle #1-3, Deadline #1-4, Spider-Man’s Tangled Web #20, and material from Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #205-207, and Marvel Holiday Special 2004 by Paul Grist, Bill Rosemann, Zeb Wells, Steven Grant, Tom DeFalco, Karl Kerschl, Guy Davis, Walter McDaniel, Dean Haspiel, Takeshi Miyaza, and Mike Mayhew.

You can find this trade in comic stores today and book stores on October 10.

Get your copy at comic and book stores now. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Spider-Man: Daily Bugle
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Preview: Best of Vampirella Masters Series Omnibus TP

Best of Vampirella Masters Series Omnibus TP

writers: Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Jeph Loeb, Kurt Busiek, James Robinson, Mike Carey
artists: Amanda Conner, Mike Mayhew, Gary Frank, Tim Sale, Louis LaChance, Joe Jusko, Mike Lilly, Mark Texeira
cover: Amanda Conner
FC • 568 pages • $39.99 • Teen+

The finest comic book creators of the modern era delve into the mystery and the macabre in The Best of Vampirella Masters Series! Revisit the greatest tales of horror comics’ most iconic heroine with the following stories, each crafted by a legendary team of writers and artists!

Collecting: “Ascending Evil” by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar, and Amanda Conner, “Vampirella Lives” by Warren Ellis and Amanda Conner, “Nowheresville” by Mark Millar and Mike Mayhew, “The New European” by Alan Moore and Gary Frank, “Looking for Mr. Goodwin” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, “Morning in America” by Kurt Busiek and Louis LaChance,“Blood Lust” by James Robinson and Joe Jusko, “Revelations” by Mike Carey, Mike Lilly, and Mark Texeira

Journey To A New Planet With Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1!

Marvel’s Star Wars comics have pulled back the curtain on fan favorite Captain Phasma, introduced the world to rogue archeologist Doctor Aphra, and crafted stories that have enthralled fans across the galaxy. This December, even more secrets will be revealed when Marvel releases Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait #1. Written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Mike Mayhew, the new mini-series gives fans a look behind the curtain at one very special planet in the galaxy: the mineral planet Crait.

In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it becomes a battleground between the Resistance and the First Order,  but that wasn’t the first time Crait became a place where heroes and villains clashed in their fight for the galaxy. Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa once took up arms on Crait and led the rebellion as they as they searched for a new home – and a new base for the Rebel Alliance. Tying in to the eagerly anticipated December film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait promises to be a new and exciting adventure for all Star Wars fans – and a story that will change the galaxy as we know it.

Find out what mysteries Crait holds for yourself when Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Storms of Crait hits comic shops on December 27th!

Preview: Rocket #5

Rocket #5

(W) Al Ewing (A) Adam Gorham (CA) Mike Mayhew
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• Castor Gnawbarque III is the richest sentient in three sectors and CEO of the Beavertron Corporation. Rocket is neither of these things.
• By the end of this issue, one of them will be holding 10 billion credits and one will have a bullet in the head.
• It’s the same one.

Preview: Star Wars #36

Star Wars #36

(W) Jason Aaron (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Mike Mayhew
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• The Empire has held Threepio captive for far too long.
• There’s no way they are prepared to deal with this rescue.
• That’s right – Artoo is ready to take action!

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